I've been drawing and painting since birth, well shortly thereafter, but a couple of years ago I started making small clay sculptures. My work is inspired by nature and I'm especially drawn to Moths, Snakes and other creatures who, to me, symbolize transition. The "Moth, Snake, Insect" journey called "Roots and Wings" started as a series of drawings in 2002 when both of my parents passed just a year apart from each other. That's when I began a personal exploration to examine where I'd come from and where I was going and how my contribution on earth might fit into the bigger picture. Trying to embrace the ever changing process of life, I turned to nature for clues. Nature moves so gracefully from season to season, rebuilding constantly as each season ends and a new one begins. "She" transitions so beautifully- a worm becomes a moth, a snake sheds it's old skin and embraces THE NEW. These concepts and the circle of life inspire and offer hope for me and I wanted to include them in my art.
The Moth and Snake sculptures are just a small piece of this exploration if you are interested in seeing more be sure to visit my web site. www.julia-crane.com
I’ve been working in clay for over 8 years and have developed many unique tricks and techniques which make my sculptures true works of art. NOTE: Each color in the sculpture is a unique color of clay no paint is used and NO TWO sculptures are exactly the same. Each is sculpture one of a kind. Last each sculpture is finished with 2 coats of a water-based gloss or matte sealer to protect and preserve the finish. These are for indoor display only.
THE PROCESS: I make the sculptures using a special clay (polymer) which is oven cured at low temperature and is very durable and lightfast when finished. I create the intricate patterns using multiple colors of clay in a process called Millefiori a technique which can be traced as far back as Ancient Roman. While the use of this technique long precedes the term Millefiori, it is most frequently associated with Venetian Artists.
Your support will help cover costs of materials and enable me to continue making these unusual sculptures. It will also get these sculptures in the hands of folks who will enjoy them. On that note check-out the rewards.
If you'd like to hang your "free range" moth or snake I can add a hock, like the one below, to the back of your sculpture.
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YES great idea! Mostly I let my moths lounge around on tables and shelves with collections of sea shells, drift wood and interesting rocks, but I like the idea of a "free range" hanging moth. I can add a wire hanger in the back of the moth sculpture. If you decide to pledge just add a note in the comment section and I will put a hanger on your moth.
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